In the early days of April 1941, the 14,000 Australian forces garrisoned in the Libyan town of Tobruk were told to expect reinforcements and supplies within eight weeks... Eight months later these heroic, gallant, determined 'Rats of Tobruk' were rescued by the British Navy having held the fort against the might of Rommel's never-before defeated Afrika Corps. Like Gallipoli and Kokoda, the siege of Tobruk is an iconic battle in Australia's military history. Under ceaseless attack from Rommel's men, the Australian defence held strong.
In Tobruk, Peter FitzSimons relates the personal histories and stories not only of the men who defended the garrison against the German onslaught but of the Desert Fox, Erwin Rommel, and the powers back in both Berlin and Britain.
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The book is based on the siege of Tobruk in World War 2 from an Australian perspective. It focuses on the trials and tribulations of the soldier on the front line, defending against the might of the German Army under the command of General Irwin Rommel of the Africa Korps.The book is a must read for anyone interested in World War 2 and for those that appreciate the strength of character and bravery of the men and women on both sides.Peter FitzSimons expresses himself in true 'Aussie' fashion which gives the book a unique flavour and 'down to earth' feel.
After the disaster of Anzac Cove it is a wonder that any Australian politician has allowed our soldiers to serve under foreign generals. Fitzsimons has done a good job, describing geopolitics and its impact on individuals and their families. Who knows that the first reversal to the German fortunes in WW2 were at the hands of the Australians?